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Our Brother The Native – Make Amends For We Are Merely Vessels


It’s not every day that you’re stopped dead in your tracks by an album or band, but Our Brother The Native are starting to make a habit of it. Their debut album – Tooth And Claw – confounded all expectation and polarized opinion. Like Animal Collective, OBTN possess a unique talent and ability – to excite and infuriate in equal measure. But it’s important to remember that these guys were merely kids when they released their debut. In fact, two of them hadn’t even met! The album was conceived and created via music files swapped back and forth over the internet. Kids ‘eh? And like those teenagers in Larry Clark’s movie Kids, OBTN spit in the face of all that is conventional, disrespect the rules, and hold scant regard for their elders or peers. With a stubborn cockiness and swagger, they administer a brutal lesson in originality for all to hear. That is, if they even care whether or not we’re listening. Their songs are still devoid of structure – sweeping wildly between quiet, chaotic, delicate, and abrasive. But like all teenagers, they grow up, mellow, and mature. Make Amends…is the sound of a band endeavouring to harness the raw talent and originality so evident since day one in a more cohesive manner. The multitude of instruments utilised has been curbed – in favour of a more balanced and consistent sound. It is only the vocals that remain somewhat inaccessible, due to the anarchistic delivery and unconventional melodies. Although the songs vary wildly in style, mood, and length, OBTN now share more in common with bands from the post-rock era such as Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and most notably Sigur Ros, rather than Animal Collective and Coco Rosie. While they still display a raw, dare I say it, teenage angst, there is also a majestic beauty and emotional profundity prevalent throughout MAFWAMV, making it one of the first truly original, great albums of 2008. Mere mortals they ain’t!

See also: Sigur Ros – Agaetis Byrjun (Fatcat Records), Animal Collective – Sung Tongs (Fatcat Records), Mogwai – Come on Die Young (Chemikal Underground).

Release date – February 15th


January 21, 2008 - Posted by | Music, Our Brother The Native


  1. Woo!
    Fookin’ amazing album.

    Comment by Pedro | January 21, 2008 | Reply

  2. I’m keeping an eye out for it. Pedro guarantees I’ll like it, and your review seems to back up that theory.

    Comment by red | January 21, 2008 | Reply

  3. Yep, cheers for persisting with me Pedro! I hope my gift of Wolf Parade is adequate repayment.
    Red, it took me a while – like their last album – but like most things, it was worth the work. I highly recommend most of it.
    Pedro’s rarely wrong these days.

    Comment by i prefer the obscure remix | January 22, 2008 | Reply

  4. Wait, I have only copped that it’s the wrong title in the review…It’s Vessels instead of Mortals…

    Comment by Pedro | January 23, 2008 | Reply

  5. Well spotted Pedro! Cheers for the tip off.

    Comment by i prefer the obscure remix | January 24, 2008 | Reply

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